what breed lays dark spotted eggs?

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  1. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi, iv'e been wanting a breed that lays dark spotted eggs but i dont know what breed lays them! if any one could tell me that would be a great help! thanks.



    HERE IS THE COLOR I WAS TALKING ABOUT:



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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Those look like welsummer eggs - welsummers are known for laying the dark reddish eggs with dark spots, so that's probably the breed you're looking for :) Marans eggs can also look like that, more towards the end of the laying cycle, as their eggs tend to get lighter the longer they've been laying. I believe Penedesencas can also lay eggs like that.
     
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  3. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! thats eggs-actly what i wanted to know!
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Welsummer are the frequent layers of the speckeled. For the rich terracotta color they are famous for you'd want to obtain from a breeder and not hatchery.
     
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  5. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a welsummer. I have a welsummer hen from Meyer Hatchery that lays beautiful dark terracotta-colored eggs with dark brown speckles. Now I wish I would have gotten 2 or 3 welsummers instead of just 1!
     
  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree, I get eggs like that from our Welsummers. I've heard that hatcheries are generally unreliable re egg color, so I bought from a breeder and have been very happy with them. Got *lots* of chicks from them now too, so our beautiful roos are doing their job well too.
     
  7. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for all of the info!! it really helped
     
  8. Arwenelfmaiden

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  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welsummers and Marans that are from lines bred for egg color can both produce those eggs - the key is that you want to source birds who are bred with that as a focus characteristic. Hatchery/production bred birds are less likely to have the most desired shell coloration as they are not being bred selectively for that.
     
  10. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi,
    Too many spots for well bred Marans. Best Marans eggs are that color but solid dark brown, no spots. If I had Marans once again and one started laying eggs spotted like that, I would not be happy, would not breed it.
    Best,
    Karen
     

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